All posts by Patrick Simms

New Learning Opportunities for Hot Topics and Meeting Planning Challenges of the Day

Ongoing education is a must in the profession. Certificate programs such as the CMP and CMM provide tactical and strategic foundations, but beyond that, successful planners feel the need to stay current on a variety of topics.

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New Learning Opportunities for Hot Topics and Meeting Planning Challenges of the Day

Ongoing education is a must in the profession. Certificate programs such as the CMP and CMM provide tactical and strategic foundations, but beyond that, successful planners feel the need to stay current on a variety of topics.

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The Art of Scrimping and Saving on Everything — Except the Attendee Experience

The guiding principle for any cost-saving strategy should be to preserve the quality of the experience for the attendees, because that is the basis for ROI.

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The Art of Scrimping and Saving on Everything — Except the Attendee Experience

The guiding principle for any cost-saving strategy should be to preserve the quality of the experience for the attendees, because that is the basis for ROI.

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Force Majeure, as Recent Natural Disasters Have Shown, Is Just One of Many Sticky Issues Planners Face in Today’s Contract Negotiation

The current climate, both meteorological and political, is far from stable: Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria; North Korea’s missile tests; and possible terror attacks have all been in the headlines.

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Force Majeure, as Recent Natural Disasters Have Shown, Is Just One of Many Sticky Issues Planners Face in Today’s Contract Negotiation

The current climate, both meteorological and political, is far from stable: Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria; North Korea’s missile tests; and possible terror attacks have all been in the headlines.

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The Options Are Many, but First, Know Your Audience

Many are the roads that lead to increased engagement at meetings. But the specifics of an engagement strategy should be informed by knowledge of the association membership, as opposed to fads in engagement techniques.

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The Options Are Many, but First, Know Your Audience

Many are the roads that lead to increased engagement at meetings. But the specifics of an engagement strategy should be informed by knowledge of the association membership, as opposed to fads in engagement techniques.

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Betting on Meetings With More Business-Focused Spaces and Services

Several recent investments by properties in the gaming hubs of Las Vegas, Atlantic City and southeastern Connecticut show a laser focus on meetings.

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Betting on Meetings With More Business-Focused Spaces and Services

Several recent investments by properties in the gaming hubs of Las Vegas, Atlantic City and southeastern Connecticut show a laser focus on meetings.

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Planners Make the Shift From ‘Memorable’ to ‘Return on Experience’

Meetings must leave a lasting, positive impression on attendees, and that is best achieved when great content is combined with a hospitality experience that is both high quality and distinctive.

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Planners Make the Shift From ‘Memorable’ to ‘Return on Experience’

Meetings must leave a lasting, positive impression on attendees, and that is best achieved when great content is combined with a hospitality experience that is both high quality and distinctive.

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Brands Continually Roll Out New and Renewed Properties to Stay Competitive

It pays to keep an eye on even the less-traveled pockets of the country where meeting hotel development is surging.

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Brands Continually Roll Out New and Renewed Properties to Stay Competitive

It pays to keep an eye on even the less-traveled pockets of the country where meeting hotel development is surging.

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A Sampling of What’s New & Renovated From Coast to Coast

The kind of hotel development that really grabs an association meeting planner’s attention is the new “headquarters” hotel. Fortunately, there are several such projects in the works.

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A Sampling of What’s New & Renovated From Coast to Coast

The kind of hotel development that really grabs an association meeting planner’s attention is the new “headquarters” hotel. Fortunately, there are several such projects in the works.

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From PhRMA Guidelines to F&B Caps and a Seller’s Market, the Challenges Are Many

Life can be challenging for corporate planners in a seller’s market, and especially so for many of those in the medical meetings sector.

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From PhRMA Guidelines to F&B Caps and a Seller’s Market, the Challenges Are Many

Life can be challenging for corporate planners in a seller’s market, and especially so for many of those in the medical meetings sector.

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Luxury Properties Aren't Just for Incentive Programs — They Reward Ordinary Meeting-Goers, Too

These high-end resorts will spoil attendees for all future hotel stays.

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Luxury Properties Aren't Just for Incentive Programs — They Reward Ordinary Meeting-Goers, Too

These high-end resorts will spoil attendees for all future hotel stays.

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